Stairway to Heaven?

Stairway to Heaven?

Stairway to Heaven?

Well, this may not be the stairway to Heaven, but it sure feels like it! This is the boat ramp for the Laura B (Monhegan Boat Lines) - this, sadly, was our departure from the island. You can see the regal Island Inn at the end of the ramp (in the distance) with it’s flag flying. Oh how we love this place!

Good bye Heaven, hope to see you next year! Have a great weekend!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist… Sally Linder!

Call Response by Sally Linder 2013, Oil on Drafting Film  36x43

Call Response by Sally Linder
2013, Oil on Drafting Film 36×43

Sally Linder. She paints fascinating subject matter. Sally’s subject matter makes you think. When you read her words and see her paintings you truly want to help the cause and help the world become a better place. Not just in the area where you live, but in all of the world… Sally travels far and wide and really knows about what she paints.

Sally is an amazing person as well as a deeply connected artist. Deeply connected in saving the world and making it a better place for all of us. We need more Sally’s in the world! This is just one of many wonderful paintings. Be sure to check out her website! This painting is in the “Approaching a Threshold Series”.

In Sally’s words:

Many of the legends of the polar north, as told by the Inuit elders, speak of the spirits of the great white bear and man as being interchangeable.  For in the telling, when the polar bears enter their dens they shed their hides and become men, and only upon returning to the frigid outdoors do they don their furs once again.

Read a blip about Sally, from her website:

Born in the United States, I was educated in the US and Canada. A strong foundation in drawing enables me to move seamlessly between representation and abstraction, determined by my subject’s desire to be recognized or left to the imagination. Inspired by Earth’s beauty and the social and political issues that confront humankind, each of my artistic endeavors has sprung from a deep commitment to Earth and all living beings. This love of life with its contrast and balance of agonies and ecstasies prompts both activism and playfulness in my work. The paintings chronicle a quest for a better and more conscience driven world and my passion becomes their purpose and content.

Painting in series provides the opportunity to be immersed in each subject’s distinct, emotive language conveyed through choice of color, form, and mark. Particularly in the more representational work, this immersion is linked to considerable research for each series involving historical, scientific and spiritual elements. It is from this deepening well that the layers of paint emerge on the canvas, paper or drafting film.  The images that are inspired become symbols of a compassionate, participatory commitment to life. This vision provides us with the opportunity to turn around so that we may know who the others are and our connection to them. So evolves an intimate partnership between artist, subject, canvas, and viewer.

I have exhibited worldwide in Bangalore, India, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Jakarta, Indonesia, throughout the United States, Yaounde, Cameron, and Johannesburg, South Africa. I am the recipient of national and international awards including from the International Music and Art Foundation in Liechtenstein, the National Endowment for the Arts/Vermont Arts Council, the Philanthropic Collaborative in New York, and the Board of Governors’ Medal from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. My work has appeared in Orion Magazine, Yes!, the National Geographic Magazine, Art New England, The Best of Acrylic Painting, and Femina Magazine. Speaking engagements have included the United Nations, the Earth Charter’s venues at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa, Brown University, the International Women’s Conference in Bangalore, India, Middlebury College, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

All images via SallyLinder.com, used with permission…

Catch you back here tomorrow!

House Plan: 900-7 from Houseplans.com!

Plan 900-7 by C3 Studio - From Houseplans.com

Plan 900-7 by C3 Studio – From Houseplans.com

900-7 is the name of this house plan, designed by C3 Studio and available via Houseplans.com! If you don’t need a lot of extra rooms that you won’t use, this is the plan for you! This plan is 1,421 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. One bedroom can be used as a study or office area, how perfect is that? I love the sweet character of this home. I think the stone work really makes it! The windows are fabulous too! The downstairs windows (6 over 1) look so nice on this plan!

House Plan 900-7 designed by C3 Studio - available via Houseplans.com

House Plan 900-7 designed by C3 Studio – available via Houseplans.com

You walk onto a covered porch, which is so nice when its raining, then into the great room, where you can see through to the kitchen. I love that the kitchen sink has a window. Mandatory in my eyes ;) Washing dishes isn’t so bad when you have something to look at! The two front bedrooms/office/study spaces share a bathroom, then beyond the kitchen is the laundry, and onto the master bedroom, bathroom and closet.

There is another covered porch off the back of the house that leads to the garage. Nice, hmmmm? Another great plan to keep in mind when the time comes!

All images via Housplans.com – check them out!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist: John Matthew Moore!

Pphiopedilum, "Nike" on Chocolate Ground by John Matthew Moore 36x36" Gouche on  Paper

Phiopedilum, “Nike”, on Chocolate Ground by John Matthew Moore
Gouache on Paper 36 x 36″

John Matthew Moore. Stunning work. So intricate and detailed. Stunning and just so beautiful! Fred and I met Moore on Monhegan (Maine) many years – such a nice guy. (The group we meet on Monhegan every year has become a treasured tradition… one that we look forward to from the moment we step off the island… see you soon Jennifer, Hank, Ruth, Jimmie, Matthew, Frank, Sally & Bob… the list goes on and we add to it each year, I love that!). We’ve met many artists on Monhegan… I write their names down and when I get home so that I can check out their work… and when I ran across John work… W O W ! Stunning. Such intricate detail. Elegant and classy. Elaborate and well thought out. Each painting is a treat for your eyes! Check out John’s Facebook page for even more work as well as upcoming Designer Show Homes that his work is featured in!

Double Orchid by John Matthew Moore 36 x 54 - Private Commission

Double Orchid by John Matthew Moore
36 x 54 – Private Commission

This double orchid is beyond gorgeous. Just look at the light in this piece – whew, takes my breath away! Such luscious greens, I have no idea how he does it! BUT, I’m glad he does!

Atlanta Designer Danielle Rollins did a spotlight feature about John and his work on her website – it’s a must read! Gorgeous paintings! Great write up!

Read a bit about John from his website:

John Matthew Moore is a botanical artist with a fresh approach to this well know genre. Moore’s medium of choice is the velvety, chalk enriched watercolour known as gouache, with which he excels in the mastery of colour and attention to detail.  The opaque pigments of gouache enable Moore to achieve stunning effects ranging from light shining through petals to the deep, dark, rich tones of his red tulips.

Although the inspiration for his works is drawn from 17th and 18th century botanical and classical works of art, Moore’s own vision is evident.  His paintings are larger than life, seeming to explode off of the page while maintaining their scientific integrity, resulting in a photo-realistic effect.

Moore’s paintings are displayed in many prominent international private and public collections due to representation in London, Beverly Hills, New York, Washington, DC, and Atlanta. In addition, his works have been placed in prestigious show homes including Southern Accents 2000 Capital Design House in Washington, DC (Barry Dixon, designer), the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Design House, (Franya Waide, designer) and the 2008 Holiday Show House in New York City, (Kelly Proxmire, designer) to name a few.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

How to make homemade Chicken Salad!

Chicken Salad - Too Easy!

Chicken Salad – Too Easy!

Owie… chicken salad. Yum! It’s so quick and easy to make, and you can put in it what YOU like! You have options (I love options!), you can use mayo, or Greek yogurt, or a mixture of the two… you control your own destiny… woohoo!

How to make it… there really isn’t a recipe exactly, you put in it what you like…

How to poach chicken: Place a few boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a wide pan. Be careful to not put too many in the pan. Depending upon the size of your pan, 2-4 chicken breasts should fit. Next… add water, covering the chicken by a few inches (note: some people use chicken broth and spices, veggies, etc. I didn’t). Add a little salt.

Bring the water to a boil and then turn the burner down so that it is slowly simmering (where you see a few small bubbles, but not a big rolling boil)! I’ve done the rolling boil thing before and it’s basically… chicken jerky ;) Not good!

Simmer for 10 minutes, then turn off the heat. COVER the pot and let the chicken sit in the water for another 15-20 minutes (depending upon the size of the chicken breasts). After 20 minutes poaching in the pan, take them out and shred with two forks (is how I do it). Cubed chicken wigs me out. It’s not right. But it is easier and quicker, so if you can eat chicken cubes, go for it!

Making the chicken salad… Decide what you want in it… I used a little mayo the first time, but I’ll try Greek yogurt next time (if I’m going to eat it all the same day). I used chopped walnuts, chopped celery and grapes (I cut some in half but left some whole), use any spices that you like (I used a dash of curry powder, which turns it a little yellow which is nice). It’s great to eat alone, or as a sandwich, with crackers, etc. Great protein, and only as much fat as you add to it!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

JAMBOREE with outstanding talent!

Jamboree

Monhegan Island, located ten miles off the coast of Maine. It’s a small island with the most creative, amazing people you will ever find. They find ways to entertain (other than TV, electronics, etc.) – This Jamboree was brilliant! Talent like I’ve not heard in a long time. It really is like life the way it should be!

Appreciate the little things in life, those little things are the best things!

Catch you back here tomorrow!